Graphic Design

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Total Degrees​
Awarded in 2020
8,541
declining 0.42%
Median In-State​
Public Tuition
$6,843
growing 5.03%
Median Out-of-State​
Private Tuition
$32,580
growing 4.36%
Average Wage
$61,316
growing 2.61%
People in Workforce
2.12M
growing 3.22%
Average Employee Age
40.9
growing 0.203%

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The locations with the highest concentration of Graphic Design degree recipients are South Hooksett, NH, New York, NY, and Chicago, IL. The locations with a relatively high number of Graphic Design degree recipients are Laguna Beach, CA, Guaynabo, PR, and State College, PA. The most common degree awarded to students studying Graphic Design is a bachelors degree.

Institutions

Information about the types of higher education institutions that grant degrees in Graphic Design and the types of students that study this field. Southern New Hampshire University awards the most degrees in Graphic Design in the US, but The Creative Center and Platt College-San Diego have the highest percentage of degrees awarded in Graphic Design.

Tuition costs for Graphic Design majors are, on average, $6,843 for in-state public colleges, and $32,580 for out of state private colleges.

The most common sector, by number of institutions, that offers Graphic Design programs are Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above institutions (247 total). The most common sector, by number of degrees awarded, is Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above (3,129 completions).

Institutions

The most common sector, by number of degrees awarded in Graphic Design, is Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above (3,129 completions).

The following chart shows the share of universities that offer Graphic Design programs, by the total number of completions, colored and grouped by their sector.

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Tuition Costs for Common Institutions

$6,843
Median In-State Public
$32,580
Median Out of State Private

Southern New Hampshire University has the most Graphic Design degree recipients, with 345 degrees awarded in 2020.

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Specialized Colleges

Out of all institutions that offer Graphic Design programs and have at least 5 graduates in those programs, The Creative Center has the highest percentage of degrees awarded in Graphic Design, with 100%.

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Degrees Awarded by County

Counties with the Most Degrees Awarded in Graphic Design

This map shows the counties in the United States colored by the highest number of degrees awarded in Graphic Design by year.

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Growth in Awarded Degrees

Counties with the Fastest Growing Number of Degrees Awarded

This map shows the counties in the United States colored by the highest growth in degrees awarded for Graphic Design.

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Employment

Information on the businesses and industries that employ Visual & Performing Arts graduates and on wages and locations for those in the field.

The average salary for Visual & Performing Arts majors is $61,316 and the most common occupations are Elementary & middle school teachers, Graphic designers, and Postsecondary teachers.

The industry that employs the most Visual & Performing Arts majors is Elementary & secondary schools, though the highest paying industry, by average wage, is Internet publishing, broadcasting & web search portals.

Wages

Yearly Income for Common Jobs

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$61,316
Average Wage in Workforce
± $1,093
2.61%
1 Year Growth
± 2.48%

The average salary for Visual & Performing Arts majors is $61,316 and the most common occupations are Elementary & middle school teachers, Graphic designers, and Postsecondary teachers.

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Highest Paying Locations

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This map shows the public use micro areas (PUMAs) in the United States colored by the average salary of Visual & Performing Arts majors.

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Occupations

Most Common

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The most common occupations Visual & Performing Arts majors, by number of employees, are Elementary & middle school teachers, Graphic designers, and Postsecondary teachers.

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Most Specialized

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Compared to other majors, there are an unusually high number of Visual & Performing Arts majors working as Graphic designers, Interior designers, and Commercial and industrial designers.

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Highest Paid

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The highest paid occupations by median income for Visual & Performing Arts majors are Physicians, Surgeons, and Credit analysts.

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Occupations by Share

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2.12M
2020 Workforce
± 35,504
3.22%
1 Year Growth
± 2.31%

The number of Visual & Performing Arts graduates in the workforce has been growing at a rate of 3.22%, from 2.06M in 2019 to 2.12M in 2020.

The largest single share of Visual & Performing Arts graduates go on to work as Elementary & middle school teachers (4.56%). This chart shows the various jobs filled by those with a major in Visual & Performing Arts by share of the total number of graduates.

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Industries

Most Common

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Highest Paid

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Industries by Share

The closest comparable data for the 6 Digit Course Graphic Design is from the 2 Digit Course Visual & Performing Arts.
2.12M
2020 Workforce
± 35,504
3.22%
1 Year Growth
± 2.31%

The number of Visual & Performing Arts graduates in the workforce has been growing at a rate of 3.22%, from 2.06M in 2019 to 2.12M in 2020.

The industry which employs the most Visual & Performing Arts graduates by share is Elementary & secondary schools, followed by Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges. This visualization shows the industries that hire those who major in Visual & Performing Arts.

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Specialty Locations

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This map shows the public use micro areas (PUMAs) in the United States where there are a relatively high population of Visual & Performing Arts majors.

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Diversity

Demographic information for those who earn a degree in Visual & Performing Arts in the United States.

The average age of a person in the workforce with a degree in Visual & Performing Arts is 40.9.

The most common degree type these workers hold is a Bachelors Degree. Female employees are more likely to hold Visual & Performing Arts degrees, and White students are the most common race/ethnicty group awarded degrees in Visual & Performing Arts (4,546 students).

Workforce Age

The closest comparable data for the 6 Digit Course Graphic Design is from the 2 Digit Course Visual & Performing Arts.
40.9
Average Age in 2020
± 0.22 Years
0.203%
1 Year Change
± 0.766%

This chart shows distribution of ages for employees with a degree in Visual & Performing Arts. The most common ages of employees with this major are 30 and 29 years old, which represent 3.48% and 3.44% of the population, respectively.

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Degrees Awarded

The most common degree types awarded to students graduating in Graphic Design are Bachelors Degree, Associates Degree, and 1 to 2 Year Postsecondary Certificate.

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Workforce Degrees

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The most common degree types held by the working population in Visual & Performing Arts are Bachelors Degree, Masters Degree, and Professional degree.

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Sex Imbalance for Common Institutions

Female (63.5%)
Most Common Sex with a Degree in this Field

This chart shows the granted degrees by sex at the 5 institutions that graduate the most students in Graphic Design.

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Race & Ethnicity by Degrees Awarded

Most Common Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    4,546 degrees awarded
  2. Hispanic or Latino
    1,508 degrees awarded
  3. Asian
    680 degrees awarded

This chart shows the number of degrees awarded in Graphic Design for each race & ethnicity. White students earned the largest share of the degrees with this major.

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Race & Ethnicity by Sex

Most Common Race/Ethnicity and Sex Combination
  1. White Female
    2,061 degrees awarded
  2. White Male
    855 degrees awarded
  3. Hispanic or Latino Female
    397 degrees awarded

This chart illustrates the differences by sex for each race & ethnicity of Bachelors Degree recipients in Graphic Design. White Female students, who earn most of the degrees in this field, are the most common combination of race/ethnicity and sex.

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Global Diversity

The closest comparable data for the 6 Digit Course Graphic Design is from the 2 Digit Course Visual & Performing Arts.
Most Common Countries of Origin
  1. Korea
    26,577 degree recipients
  2. Mexico
    18,895 degree recipients
  3. China
    15,732 degree recipients
High Relative Number of Students
  1. Iceland
    5.1 times more than expected
  2. Korea
    4.76 times more than expected
  3. Armenia
    4.08 times more than expected

There are a relatively high number of people that were born in Iceland that hold Visual & Performing Arts degrees (5.1 times more than expected), and the most common country of origin by total numbers for non-US students earning a degree in this field is Korea (26,577 degree recipients).

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Skills

Data on the critical and distinctive skills necessary for those working in the Graphic Design field from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Graphic Design majors need many skills, but most especially Reading Comprehension. The revealed comparative advantage (RCA) shows that Graphic Design majors need more than the average amount of Installation, Operation and Control, and Equipment Selection.

These two visualizations, one a radial chart and one a bar chart, show the same information, a rating of how necessary the following skills are for Graphic Design majors. Toggle between "value" and "RCA" to see the absolute rating of that skill (value) and the revealed comparative advantage (RCA), or how much greater or lesser that skill's rating is than the average. The longer the bar or the closer the line comes to the circumference of the circle, the more important that skill is. The importance of Installation is very distinctive for majors, but the Reading Comprehension, Speaking, and Active Listening are the three most important skills for people in the field.

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